Buyback of Land
If the government was serious about "saving the Daintree" and
genuinely green then they could commit to buying back land in the Daintree,
years ago this was done but now they leave it to private organisations
to beg and con the public in to giving tax deductable donations.
While the basic idea of buyback to save the rain forest sounds romantic
and noble, for the Daintree community it means that with every block that
is bought back there is one household less for the community and to share
When residents want services and facilities then the government looks
at how many properties can share the costs for this, and with less occupied
properties a lot of things become commercially unviable.
There are individuals and organisations out there that will not be happy
until they have bought up the entire Daintree and closed all roads,
last year they celebrated the closure of one road and I am sure
they are looking forward to more.
A few years ago when progress was made towards a power solution for the
Daintree you would think that the greens would be happy to hear that the
pollution from the diesel generators might be a thing of the past but
no, they were not happy at all, they were worried land prices might go
back to realistic level which would be inconvenient for their buyback
And now in 2018 there is unprecedented commitment
from federal and state governments to make the Daintree a genuine
eco-tourism destination and replace the hundreds of generators with
a cleaner greener grid, but some of the local ultragreens are against
it, citing fears of overdevelopment (planning scheme and buyback
have removed that threat already) so clearly their main concern
is that it could be incovenient for the never ending buyback if
land prices move from peanuts to realistic level.
Celebrating the closure of a road after another block was bought
It is no wonder that people in the Daintree feel like
they are not wanted and there is a conspiracy to drive them out,
when the people who obstruct their basic infrastructure are doing
this for the purpose of being able to buy up land for peanuts and
talking of closing roads....